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Mothers attempt to exist in two places at once – both singular and collaborative, sprawling and concise, present and distant. Kristine Leschper, songwriter and founding member of the project, explains that it is in the space between opposites that she finds herself. The multifaceted is, by nature, fragmented – each facet a slightly different perspective of the whole. On their latest record, Render Another Ugly Method, the band attempts to gain an expanded view of its surroundings through splintered sound, thought, and image Listening to Render Another Ugly Method, Mothers’ second record, the pain, anger and anguish remains as poignant as ever, yet it’s delivered with both a complexity and an excellent dose of noise.

in opening track, Beauty Routine, like a number of tracks on the record, it seems to deal with the difficult relationship between our physical and emotional characteristics, concluding in the bruising final line, “brush my teeth as an act of desperation, show me a beauty routine, to erase me completely”. While the track isn’t one of the record’s louder moments, it is none-the-less dense and complex; with wavering pulses of guitar, twitching drum beats and sudden bursts of brutal, beautiful noise, that rapidly fall in and out of place.

Leschper began exploring songwriting when she moved to Athens, Georgia as a teenager. Inspired by the growth that studying art allowed her and energized by the buzzing southern town, she started to perform publicly in 2013 and quickly developed local acclaim for her stark, un inchingly vulnerable songs.

During this time, she met many local artists and musicians, among them Matthew Anderegg, whom she quickly recognized as an artistic kindred spirit and friend. The following year they began working together to esh out and arrange a collection of songs she had written, which would become the project’s 2016 debut release, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired. 

Released in 2016, the album kicked off a sprawling eight months of touring across the US, UK and Europe, as the group honed their take on left-of center indie rock with an explosive and surprising live show that displayed how forceful the songs translated to a full-band setting.

Within Mothers, Leschper and Anderegg have remained a creative constant, with other collaborators changing over time. Render Another Ugly Method sees the remnants of Leschper and Anderegg, Chris Goggans and Drew Kirby in musical conversation, through cut-up songs that were torn apart and rebuilt over and over again.

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Philadelphia has churned out a great many indie rock and indie punk bands over the last few years, Swearin’, Hop Along and Cayetana among them. Another of those Philly-based groups is Mothers, who’ll release the follow-up to their 2016 debut, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, this month. On the second single, “PINK,” frontwoman Kristine Leschper, originally from Athens, Ga., melds indie folk singsong with focused punk to create a winding, nearly seven-minute thrasher. The band describes their sophomore LP as “an assemblage of personal vignettes and imagine scenarios that examines consent, escape of the body, power & powerlessness, and the act of making.” “PINK” is the new single off our upcoming record out September 7th on Anti Records.

“PINK” by Mothers from the album ‘Render Another Ugly Method,’ available September 7th

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Mothers are to release their second album titled “Render Another Ugly Method”, their first for new home ANTI-Records. On top of that great news, the Athens band, now based out of Philadelphia, have also shared the first taste of that record, in the shape of new track, Blame Kit.

The next step for Mothers, and their chief songwriter Kristine Leschper, was, for anyone who’s seen their live show, always going to be an intriguing leap. While WYWALDYAT was a sprawling, emotional, sometimes muted affair, live Mothers became a sprawling, angular, maths-rock power-house. Even expecting something different though, Blame Kit still feels like a fresh new direction; the vocal production of the sprightly intro initially had us wondering if this was even the same band, it was only in the bass-heavy break-down one minute in as, Kristine sings, “not the first time I’ve seen it, I watched her body expand a hundred times its size to contain it”, that the hair-raising vocal tone meant this could be no other band.

Lyrically the track aims to explore the idea of the titular Blame Kit, “a social mechanism that aims to shift or imply guilt onto a particular person, group, or idea”, the track was inspired by a case study Kristine read on children with Autism and Schizophrenia, as she explains, “‘his body will at one moment expand to contain things and events that are outside of it, and at the next shrink to near-nothingness…Uncertain of the boundaries of his body, things on the outside become terribly important.’ I couldn’t stop thinking about that.” The return of one of the most important, intriguing bands in the world, embrace this progress, this brave new musical world.

“Blame Kit” by Mothers from the album ‘Render Another Ugly Method,‘ available September 7th via ANTI- Records.

Mothers' new album, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, comes out Feb. 26.

To celebrate the release of their debut album ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’,

“When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired sounds like the work of an artist who’s seeking out an understanding of herself and the world around her. There’s a deep underpinning of melancholy and sorrow here, but to watch these songs performed live is to witness a band that’s growing into something fuller and more intense every day. These songs feel like a snapshot of a time getting left behind rather than lived in, performed by a riveting, honest band.”

 

The CD + LP  will include a handmade chapbook with lyrics for the album and instant downloads of ‘Copper Mines’ & ‘Too Small For Eyes’. The digital version of the record features a bonus track, ‘Accessory Cloud’ with instant downloads available now of both ‘Copper Mines’ and ‘Too Small For Eyes’.

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What started as a solo musical endeavor of Athens, Georgia native Kristine Leschper has turned into a promising band that we now know as Mothers. Earlier this year they released their rather lovely debut offering, “When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired”, via Grand Jury Music.
The group first caught my attention last year during CMJ, where their powerful and emotive live show caught my attention. They returned to New York in February for a performance giving us a taste of what was to come on the released album. the album is a sprawling multi-instrumental landscape, shaped out of exhaustively experimental song structures. Each song follows its own erratic path, and even the most serene moments teeter on the edge of dissolution, about to give away to chaotic instrumental interludes. The album is therefore easy to disappear into, and lengthy, winding songs like “Nesting Behavior” and “Hold Your Own Hand” are the entryway. The submersing atmosphere is the work of the instrumentation, from the simple, frail sound of the plucked mandolin to the bigger orchestral arrangements.

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The group sounded every bit as strong as I recalled, powerfully going through the shape-shifting stop-start sounds off the album, offering emotional insight that connected at all angles. As great as their record is, there’s just something special about this band live that is sort of missing on recordings. Mothers are a band that will continue to grow and evolve over the years, with every show providing as unique opportunity as the next. I’m already waiting to catch them again the next time they return to us hopefully early next year with a new album.
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If we’re totally honest it’s quite rare that the deluxe edition of an album really adds anything new to the joys of the original. That said, with an album as good as the Mother’s debut, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, we’re more than willing to test out our theory. This week the Athens quartet have confirmed details of a deluxe digital edition of their debut, which will feature five previously unreleased tracks.

Mothers have also shared the first of those tracks, in the shape of Easy As Possible. The home demo was recorded between finishing their debut record and the album’s release and is the first indication of where the band’s music may go next. Easy As Possible builds around a pulsing, plodding keyboard line, rich with complex echoing tones and gentle twinkling distortions, Kristine Leschper’s haunting vocal enters, as bassy synths and fluttering processed beats drift in and out of earshot. It feels rough around the edges as demos often do, but in its unpolished, almost unfinished mood arguably lies much of its charm. It shows a band willing to experiment with a variety of song writing methods and musical textures , and it’s utterly thrilling. Many of these new tracks were showcased on the band’s superb recent tour dates, and the deluxe album’s release will coincide with European dates at the back end of the summer. If you haven’t seen this band yet, you’ve obviously not been listening to us and we don’t know what you’re waiting for.

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The deluxe edition of When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired is out July 29th via Wichita Recordings.

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We don’t know if Athens, Georgia based quartet MOTHERS already have a certain buzz but if not NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION is happy to jump on the bandwagon. The American four-piece delivers melancholic and soulful lo-fi melodies that are carried by the stunning voice of lead singer Kristine Leschper. Their forthcoming debut LP goes by the name When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired and was released via Wichita Recordings on February 26th and fans of dreamy dejection in the style of early Parachutes-era COLDPLAY and DAUGHTER will fall for this, 

The record was produced with the help of Drew Vandenberg (OF MONTREAL, PORCELAIN RAFT) at the Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Georgia back in December 2014. “No Crying In Baseball”, the song that now comes with a sinister music won’t be part of the record but Copper Mines will so we thought we just give you both to convince you of MOTHERS‘ quality. Prepare yourself to fall in love with this band now.

Mothers have announced news of more UK/European headline shows for May and June. Support will come from new Wichita Recordings signings,Globelamp. See all dates below:

Wednesday 18th May- Chats Palace, London UK
Friday 20th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton UK
Sunday 22nd May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff UK
Monday 23rd May – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Tuesday 24th May – Hug & Pint, Glasgow UK
Wednesday 25th May – Gullivers, Manchester UK
Saturday 28th May – De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam NL
Tuesday 31st May – La Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris FRA
Thursday 2nd June – Musik & Frieden, Berlin GER

When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired features collaborations with Josh McKay of Deerhunter on vibraphone as well as McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids, who played bass and provided string arrangements throughout. Comprised of eight songs – the majority of which were written while Kristine Leschper was finishing art school in early 2014 – Mothers’ debut LP is an introduction to the foundations of the young band, a snapshot of a particular period of their genesis that maps both where they began and where they are heading.

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“Always is a dirty word to say.”

That’s the short bio stamped on Mothers’ Facebook page.

Mothers began as Leschper’s own solo adventure in 2013 while she was attending art school. By the time she finished, she began meeting up with other musicians in the city’s tight-knit community—particularly drummer Matthew Anderegg, guitarist Drew Kirby, and bassist Patrick Morales—through organic means. By then, the band’s sound fleshed out to its current state.

At first glance, it seems hesitant, fearful, or doubting. At second glance, the phrase begins to strengthen. At third glance, it has a certain melody to it—probably because by then you it’s coming from the band’s early song “Stairwell Song”.

“It’s talking about not making promises, about never saying ‘always,’ because you really have no idea,” frontwoman Kristine Leschper explains. In her eyes, the word is unfair to say for it carries cruelty, and cruelty is dirtier than any imaginable mess a child could make.

Mothers performed “Mines” on Audiotree Live, September 23, 2015.

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Mothers fall in an interesting place. On one hand, their music stirs up memories of longing and isolation, things that put a weight on your heart. On the other hand, their music remedies that. Their songs show you’re in good company, surrounded by those striving to heal not for the pain to subside but for their own growth towards a stronger body, a stronger mind, and a stronger heart. The only reason Mothers could be called cruel is because in getting over the cruelty they’ve felt over time from others, they get you to reflect on your own. Together, you get over it.

The four-piece dodges pain by confronting it head-on in its music, never once lowering its head to let cruelty score a jab. Be warned: it knows how to fight. While the sadness in Leschper’s music is unavoidable (“I’m not sad, but I tend to experience my emotional context so deeply that it can be crippling—sort of like an animal sentinel, a canary in a coal mine.”), it never dominates. Humbleness, in its own ironic way, does instead. At least the lyrics of “Copper Mines” (“What I have to give is small / but at least I can admit it”) acknowledge she’s self-aware. Throughout it all, the Athens, GA, quartet stirs up guitar tones reminiscent of folk acts like Waxahatchee, Sufjan Stevens, or Courtney Barnett. The tempo changes, however, suggest something more mysterious is at work.

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“It’s always been an intuitive process,” says Leschper. For her, guitar was a self-taught adventure that carried its own set of catharsis. “I feel like naivete of my instrument has allowed me to be really honest in songwriting, as far as not overthinking it. It’s all about the feeling of it, rather than, say, a formula I was taught.”

Mothers perform “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t” on Audiotree Live, September 23, 2015.

The band’s debut LP, When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired, both emulates exhaustion and acts as its remedy. It’s empowering in that sense. Of course, that’s easy to see when the band performs, for live, the record sounds sure-footed and confident.

Mothers perform “No Crying in Baseball” on Audiotree Live, September 23, 2015.

It’s clear Mothers is tired–from life, from heartbreak, from aging, from death–but still walking. Granted, the four are awake enough to recall their own long distances. “My family used to go on fishing trips out there [in Ontario], in the middle of nowhere, where you have to ride in on a float plane and land on a lake because there are no roads,” Leschper recalls. “There were different lakes, and you would portage between them, hiking and carrying your boat. Sometimes they were huge distances.” Not all walks are exhausting. A routine trek like her walk from home to the farm-to-table restaurant she works in is only three houses down. “My cat follows me over there,” she laughs. “I have to bully him into going home.”

Mothers perform “Fat Chance” on Audiotree Live, September 23, 2015.

 

At least a walk, no matter its length, has an end. “Always” keeps its paws off that one.

QUILT –  PLAZA

‘​Plaza’ is the third album by Quilt; a name implying a meeting place, a crossroads, a coming together. In the space of ten songs, ‘Plaza’ clarifies Quilt’s musical stance of a congregation, mixing folk, pop-psych, and wanderlust into a common ground where each form takes on the characteristics of one another to create something wholly satisfying, styles and sentiments hand in hand, the purest and sharpest distillation of Quilt’s group aesthetic to date.
On ‘Plaza’, Quilt has pivoted their sound on a new foothold. The guitars shimmer, squawk, warble, swell, and tense up. The organs and synths flow in the background as mood-enhancers. The drums dig in a little deeper. We hear flutes and harps, a string quartet, grand pianos and Casios, feedback and distorted violas. Among all these sounds the group’s shared and solo vocals showcase some of the strongest lyrics and hooks the band has made to date. Plaza showcases a tighter, more concise version of Quilt, particularly as the members have learned to encourage each other’s strengths and allow each other to confidently exist as distinct voices cooperating within a very intimate creative space; their songcraft has tightened up, their singing now crystal clear, vis a vis personal experiences of loss, frustration and isolation.
LP – Black Vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with Download.
LP+ – Limited Clear Vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with Download.

MOTHERS  –  WHEN YOU WALK A LONG DISTANCE YOU ARE TIRED

Limited Copies come with a Bonus CD ‘Demos and Early Cassette Recordings’ which contains four previously unreleased musings written and recorded solo by lead singer Kristine Leschper before Mothers as a band existed. Beautifully delicate and captivating, it is an intimate record of a songwriter navigating the future foundations of what Mothers were to become. ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ is the debut album From Atlanta’s Mothers who were the toast of CMJ 2015. Produced by Drew Vandenberg – who has worked on albums by Of Montreal, Deerhunter and Porcelain Raft – at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Georgia in December 2014, ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ features collaborations with Josh McKay of Deerhunter on vibraphone as well as McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids, who played bass and provided string arrangements throughout. Comprised of eight songs – the majority of which were written while Leschper was finishing art school in early 2014 – Mothers’ debut LP is an introduction to the foundations of the young band, a snapshot of a particular period of their genesis that maps both where they began and where they are heading.
LP – Limited Green Vinyl With Download plus digital bonus track.
BLOSSOMS –  AT MOST A KISS
2015 proved to be something of a seminal year for Stockport five-piece Blossoms. Hotly tipped for this year, the band have been announced as number four on the BBC Sound of 2016 list as well as being included in MTV Brand New for 2016. Blossoms release their brand new EP ‘At Most A Kiss’. James Skelly and Rich Turvey produced the EP at Parr St. Studios in Liverpool. The emphatic, fast paced title track sees Blossoms channel their unique pop-rock sound with shimmering synths, crashing drums, a catchy bass line and Tom Ogden’s now unmistakable vocals. ‘At Most A Kiss’ is released on 10″ Single. It’ll come on standard vinyl in a striking purple and black sleeve.

PINKSHINYULTRABLAST –  GRANDFEATHERED

Pinkshinyultrablast are a five-piece band from Saint-Petersburg in Russia. They’ve been compared to Lush among others. But this is no mere throwback tribute. Second album ‘Grandfeathered’ is a more experimental listen compared with the debut album ‘Everything Else Matters’, it’s the sound of a band unafraid to try new things and embrace those fine lines between visceral noise and restrained subtlety. The band saying of the new sound. The new album has been recorded and mixed much faster than the previous one. The songs have more density to them and are generally more complex. Recent single ‘Kiddy Pool Dreams’ features on the album. Described as “A flashback to the glory days of ’90s alt-rock, which builds into thundering instrumental interludes. In between are trickling synths and echoing vocals backed by a rhythmic danceable guitar.” If that single offers a glimpse of what to expect from the rest of the record, it’s only the smallest of hints – this is an album that consistently demonstrates diversity and eclectic ambition. Influences on this record certainly suggest a new direction for the band, Lyubov claiming “Hardcore, metal and afrobeat” were all instrumental in its formation.

DMA’S –  HILLS END

Australian Britrock enthusiasts DMA’s release their debut album. Called ‘Hills End’, the band recorded the album in guitarist Johnny Took’s bedroom in Sydney, with noted producer Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Oasis, Madonna) coming on board to mix it. The twelve track album showcases the band’s unique talent in writing both anthemic and heartfelt tunes which manage to sound like immediate classic guitar-pop songs. The album is looking to be one of the most exciting releases of 2016 and can only further the buzz the band have already created. The album includes such exciting hits as ‘Lay Down’ and ‘Too Soon’ sitting next to tender ballads such as the Radio 1 A list ‘Delete’, ‘Step Up The Morphine’ and ‘So We Know’. For fans of Oasis, The La’s and Stone Roses.
LP – Heavyweight vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve and download card.

Athens, GA band Mothers are on tour now, having just hit NYC for two shows: Berlin last night (2/1) and Palisades on Friday (1/29).

Mothers’ tour goes through April, SXSW included, and they’ve now tacked another NYC show on at the end. This one happens April 28 at Baby’s All Right.

Mothers’ debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired will be out by then (it’s due 2/25 via Grand Jury Record . They just made a video for their 2015 single “No Crying In Baseball”, which isn’t on the new album.

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Kristine Leschper of Mothers performs a new song inside a stairwell